Candidates for the Manila CSD in their own words

The Union invited the six candidates running for three seats on the Manila Community Services District Board of Directors to answer questions. Below are their unedited responses. Election Day is Nov. 3.


Janette Bramlett

1. Who are you? Give us a mini-bio.

Janette Bramlett

Janette Bramlett

I’ve lived in cities most of my life, but much of my childhood was spent in rural areas on the east coast. Manila — beach, bay, artists, chickens, goats, and nice class diversity, is the best of everywhere I’ve lived. I worked in advertising and pharmaceutical manufacturing before obtaining a master’s degree in anthropology. I train and coach advocates who work with foster kids and I’m a singer-songwriter. I’ve served on the MCSD Board for four years.

2. A hot-button issue for Manila has been the management of the Manila Family Resource Center. Where do you stand on this issue?

I voted to transfer management to RCM. Given what I had seen other Centers doing, I hoped we could expand the great services that we had provided our community for so many years and extend our outreach. RCM has proven they can grow and serve efficiently, and the specialists on staff have professional expertise that seems more suited to managing a social service project than that of an engineer managing a water and sewer facility.

3. Should the Manila CSD run recreation programs? If so, how should the programs be paid for?

Some recreation programs should be jointly run between FRC, RCM and the District. Others could be MCSD-based. I see a role for FRC to survey our community and determine what kinds of programs are most desired, needed, and would most likely benefit our youth. All programs should be community-driven and involve a user-evaluation component to measure programming quality. Grants may be sought for projects determined to be useful, but would have to be carefully managed.

4. The Manila CSD has inter-departmental debt from when it had a recreation program. How should that debt be paid down and how would you prevent future deficits?

The MCSD auditor has recommended this debt be “written off” as it is now an accounting question – money the District borrowed from one account to pay debts incurred by another account – Community Center programs. Our reserves had dropped precipitously in 2007 from overreaching and poor grant management. Careful fiscal management and responsible planning, such as we have done in the last eight years, have brought the budget into balance and we should continue these practices.

5. There’s a private, politically involved group on the Samoa Peninsula called Voices of the Peninsula. Are you a member of that group? What role should the group, and others like it, play in the governing of the Manila CSD?

I am not a member of Voices. I believe working groups are vital to democratic process. Constituencies make politics work. The Board is bound to open, transparent deliberation, yet it has become clear that two Board members very involved with Voices deny participation, and such misrepresentation is inappropriate for truly democratic governance. The Voices Newsletter is valuable for community-building, but would it be better to represent a variety of perspectives rather than a narrow agenda.

6. What park improvements would you like to see in Manila and how should they be paid for?

We should assess the value of a ball field and if useful, we should restore and promote its use. The field is not level nor uniformly green, despite an irrigation system. The “bleachers” are in severe disrepair. The trails, boardwalk, water faucets, signs are not maintained. The campground must be managed for success. Income from property taxes, rental of the Community Center can finance improvements. We may also conduct some projects collaboratively with other agencies.

7. Are there additional powers that the Manila board should take on? What additional services, if any, would you like the district to provide?

The District is small, not even 800 people according to the 2010 census. We don’t have the tax base to take responsibility for road maintenance, although we need it. I’d like to see the District be more involved with Neighborhood Watch efforts currently scattered throughout our bisected neighborhoods, and the FRC participate more systematically in the county-wide discussion of how to deal with drug abuse and homelessness that plagues our small community.

8. What is your position on removal of non-native plant species on the Manila Dunes?

I am not a specialist in this area, but according to scientists who have done extensive work in this field, the practice of removing beach grass to permit native species to repopulate the dunes is a legitimate, beneficial one. Biologists have confirmed this with specific reference to the Manila ecosystem. We have allowed a vocal minority to obscure the fact that our past efforts have been positive, “blown-out dunes” notwithstanding. We must resume restoration work.

9. How should board members respond when people disagree with them?

Respectfully, while making their own informed, considered opinions clear.

10. What’s the best of your qualities that you can bring to the board? What’s the worst?

BEST: I am articulate, responsible, hard-working, honest.

WORST: I am impatient in the face of insincerity or dishonesty.

11. What will you do if elected?

I will expect improved leadership in making enhancements to parks and grounds and infrastructural deficits. I will work to improve bike paths, beach trails, transportation opportunities. I will focus on identifying capital improvement projects and making sure that replacement of old equipment and outdated systems is done in a timely, cost-effective manner.

12. Is there any additional information, ideas or opinions that you would like to share?

I look forward to working with a new Board that will differ without divisiveness and constructively analyze and critique proposals and policies in order to fulfill our mission – a Board that will strive to bring together our varied gifts in collaboration with other agencies, in consultation with our residents and ratepayers, to polish all of Manila’s beautiful stones so that we can shine on this magnificent coastline.


Carol Vander Meer

1. Who are you? Give us a mini-bio.

Carol Vander Meer

Carol Vander Meer

I am a 20 year resident of Manila, currently serve on the Food for People board of directors, am active in Rotary, and enjoy hiking and kayaking. For the past 15 years, I worked as Executive Director for Friends of the Dunes with duties that included fundraising, facility management, budget oversight, and program development. I currently work as a nonprofit consultant providing strategic planning project management services, including work for Friends of the Dunes.  

2. A hot-button issue for Manila has been the management of the Manila Family Resource Center. Where do you stand on this issue?

I support the decision of the board to transfer management of the Family Resource Center to Redwood Coast Montessori (RCM). RCM has been a great tenant, improving the facilities, making the site come alive with children and their families, putting on community events and using the bay and dunes as an outdoor classroom. The staff is dedicated to reaching out to residents to ensure that the family resource center meets the needs of the community.

3. Should the Manila CSD run recreation programs? If so, how should the programs be paid for? 

Before a decision is made for the CSD run recreation programs, there needs to be a clear assessment of community need, determine what recreation programs can be included as a part of the family resource center programming and determine the capacity of staff to run programs. Potential sources of funding could include, grant funding through the family resource center, fee for service programming and community fundraising at events like the kinetic sculpture race.

4. The Manila CSD has inter-departmental debt from when it had a recreation program. How should that debt be paid down and how would you prevent future deficits?

I would be inclined to take the recommendation of the District’s auditor and write off the debt  recreation has to sewer and water, but if elected, I would first take time to understand the pros and cons of this recommendation. Moving forward, the board should proceed with more careful oversight of grants and be sure that our staff has the capacity to track and manage grants responsibly and make clear reports to the board

5. There’s a private, politically involved group on the Samoa Peninsula called Voices of the Peninsula. Are you a member of that group? What role should the group, and others like it, play in the governing of the Manila CSD?

I am not a member of Voices of the Peninsula.  While I support residents working together to make their voices heard and be more actively involved with the community, it is important for the board to keep in mind that these are just some of the voices in Manila and they do not speak for all residents. I look forward to more open opportunities for residents with diverse perspective and interests to work together to make the community a better place.

6. What park improvements would you like to see in Manila and how should they be paid for?

At the park, evaluate opportunities for how we can improve and maintain a campground that is compatible with the neighborhood and adjust the disc golf course to accommodate both a nature trail and disc golf. Secure the staff/resources needed to actively maintain dune trails and restoration areas. This could be paid for by a combination of strategies including collaboration with community partners and conservation agencies, district discretionary funds, carefully administered grants funds and community fundraising.

7. Are there additional powers that the Manila board should take on? What additional services, if any, would you like the district to provide?

At this point, I would not recommend the Manila board take on additional powers, but I hope that the board can help facilitate and support community-driven efforts to address health and safety issues that may be beyond the board’s official jurisdiction. Some of the issues that I am particularly interested in include bicycle and pedestrian trails, traffic calming improvements to 255, and helping address homelessness in our community.

8. What is your position on removal of non-native plant species on the Manila Dunes?

I am a supporter of bringing back native habitat diversity by removing invasive species. Manila needs to update its restoration management plan take into account both ecological and human constraints and identify a qualified restoration/lands manager. I look forward to working with the board and staff to find ways to address this need whether it entails securing funds to hire staff, contracting with an outside entity, or looking into conservation agreements with appropriate partners.

9. How should board members respond when people disagree with them?

It is critical that board members be good listeners, treat people with respect and remain professional. The most powerful thing that a board member can do is to try to find the common ground with a person who disagrees with them. This can help diffuse a tense situation. Board members need to stay open to differing perspectives, but then integrate their understanding with the different opinions expressed in order to come to a thoughtful decision.

10. What’s the best of your qualities that you can bring to the board? What’s the worst?

I am a good listener and open to different perspectives. I have experience working with community partners and pulling together resources to get things done. I am a big picture person and like to take action to accomplish goals but can get impatient with details and bureaucracy that impedes forward progress. 

11. What will you do if elected?

I will listen to community members and fellow board members and treat them with respect, take time to study financials so that I can uphold my responsibility to make sure the district is financially sound, actively participate in community events so that I can be accessible to residents and get a sign installed at the community center, letting visitors know that it is open to all to enjoy the beautiful beach and dunes.

12. Is there any additional information, ideas or opinions that you would like to share?

I love Manila, and would be honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board and work on behalf of its residents to continue improve the health and well being of the community.

 


 

Carla Leopardo

1. Who are you? Give us a mini-bio.

Carla LeopardoI moved to Humboldt County in 1991 to attend HSU. I have a degree in Wildlife Management and currently manage a flooring store in downtown Arcata. I fell in love with Manila’s dunes and beaches after living successively in McKinleyville, Blue Lake and Arcata. I moved to Manila in 2005 and have raised two children here.  I take full advantage of all that Manila has to offer at every opportunity!

2. A hot-button issue for Manila has been the management of the Manila Family Resource Center. Where do you stand on this issue?

I support the decision by the board to transfer management of the Family Resource Center to Redwood Coast Montessori and I look forward to seeing the great things Bryan Little will be able to do. In the meantime, I will be eager to work with the Manila CSD staff toward making other improvements to our community and its infrastructure.

3. Should the Manila CSD run recreation programs? If so, how should the programs be paid for? 

Manila CSD should act as the landlord and caretaker of the facility and be involved as a resource to assist recreation planning as it relates to the size and scope of programs and events taking place there under the management of the FRC. Manila CSD should approve logistical plans for classes, programs and events so they move forward in a safe manner with low impact on the facility, dunes and surrounding neighborhood.

4. The Manila CSD has inter-departmental debt from when it had a recreation program. How should that debt be paid down and how would you prevent future deficits? 

The Manila CSD auditor has recommended the district write off this debt and the board should follow this recommendation. This will allow Manila CSD to move forward and focus on running the district using fiscal restraint with oversight by the board, as they have done for the past four years.

5. There’s a private, politically involved group on the Samoa Peninsula called Voices of the Peninsula. Are you a member of that group? What role should the group, and others like it, play in the governing of the Manila CSD?

It is a good idea to give citizens a forum to receive information and interact. I am not a member of the group but from what little I have seen, I enjoyed several features in their newsletter, including the History Notes, notices about upcoming events etc. Private groups should have a say in what happens in their community but to no greater degree than any individual citizen.

6. What park improvements would you like to see in Manila and how should they be paid for?

I would like to see improved trails that are clearly signed and designated so disc golfers and walkers are able to enjoy the park without conflict. I would also like to see improvements to the tennis courts and bathrooms. But safety should be our ultimate concern. The board, along with the community, should work toward a plan to reduce crime and drug activity in the park and bus stop vicinity.

7. Are there additional powers that the Manila board should take on? What additional services, if any, would you like the district to provide?

I do not presume to know, at this point, what additional powers the board should take on. I look forward to sitting on the board for a period of time, getting to know the process and then seeing if there are directions we should go in based on the needs of the community.  As stated earlier however, I would be interested in working toward improvements to infrastructure, safety and continued fiscal responsibility.

8. What is your position on removal of non-native plant species on the Manila Dunes?

I understand the nervousness of my neighbors who are worried about destabilization of the dunes however the board is tasked with protecting and restoring Manila’s natural resources.  I support good stewardship and I believe we are very lucky to have Friends of the Dunes here in our neighborhood. The efforts of any individual or organization must be monitored closely with an eye toward keeping the dunes healthy and accessible

9. How should board members respond when people disagree with them?

The board must listen when community members address them in a civil manner. The board president must keep the meeting flowing, and this sometimes includes cutting remarks short when citizens go long or are not staying on topic. We must be civil and respect each other and each other’s opinions and look for common ground.

10. What’s the best of your qualities that you can bring to the board? What’s the worst?

Having worked in customer service for many years, I have experience working toward resolution of conflict and finding solutions to problems. As a moderate and respectful person, I strive to listen to all sides in a conflict before reaching a conclusion. Up to this point, my civic engagement has been limited.  I am working to change this.

11. What will you do if elected?

I will strive to understand the issues at hand before attending meetings. I will listen to my neighbors. I will work diligently and collaboratively toward voting on each matter in a way that has a positive effect on my community.  I will work to see that the board stays on topic at meetings and does the best they can within the parameters of their mandate to fulfill the needs of the community.

12. Is there any additional information, ideas or opinions that you would like to share?

I love Manila and hope to be here for many years to come so it is time for me to become involved in the process of effecting positive change. I look forward to collaborating with community members and the Manila CSD Board in an effort to make Manila a safer, more comfortable and vibrant place to live!


Daniel O’Leary

1. Who are you? Give us a mini-bio.

Daniel O'Leary64 yrs spouse Peggy, married 36 yrs. Manila reident 36 year Prior board member 10 yrs. Prior Navy 4 yrs U.S.C.G.R. 14 yrs retired.

2. A hot-button issue for Manila has been the management of the Manila Family Resource Center. Where do you stand on this issue?

Accupancy rental offsets district expenses of the structures. Usage security against vandalism opportunity

3. Should the Manila CSD run recreation programs? If so, how should the programs be paid for?

Income from park community center reservation for groups. not reserves

4. The Manila CSD has inter-departmental debt from when it had a recreation program. How should that debt be paid down and how would you prevent future deficits?

Review fiscal reports of accountants of previous years. Compare funds allocated to real costs

5. There’s a private, politically involved group on the Samoa Peninsula called Voices of the Peninsula. Are you a member of that group? What role should the group, and others like it, play in the governing of the Manila CSD?

No. In public input

6. What park improvements would you like to see in Manila and how should they be paid for?

The vandalism potential offsets improvement

7. Are there additional powers that the Manila board should take on? What additional services, if any, would you like the district to provide?

‘Voices of the Peninsula’ expected to arbitrate future powers and services. Board members seek public inpt.

8. What is your position on removal of non-native plant species on the Manila Dunes?

Improbable effort. Good luck. Sand blowing almost equal to ATV use.

9. How should board members respond when people disagree with them?

Treat with respect the differences, and accept there rational.

10. What’s the best of your qualities that you can bring to the board? What’s the worst?

Patience. Looking for financial externalitys and potential effects

11. What will you do if elected?

Review “Roberts Rules of Order” Brown Act, end of year fiscal reports of CPA’s.

12. Is there any additional information, ideas or opinions that you would like to share?

 


Beverly Prosser

1. Who are you? Give us a mini-bio.

Beverly ProsserBeverly Prosser. I have lived in Manila for 45 years, raised my family here, and am proud of my home and community. I’ve seen much positive change over the years. As a community, we tackled the difficult task of providing sewer to our homes and acquired for our community our own beach, dunes, and bayside properties. As a volunteer and former employee of the District, I know first hand that we live in a wonderful caring community.

2. A hot-button issue for Manila has been the management of the Manila Family Resource Center. Where do you stand on this issue?

In July, the Board voted unanimously to transfer management of the family resource center (FRC) to Redwood Coast Montessori (RCM). The Board worked towards agreeing on an acceptable Memorandum of Understanding between MCSD and RCM, and was approved in September. The MOU transfers family resource center funding from the County and First Five grants and center nventory to RCM. I look forward to a new energized FRC that provides outreach to and services for our community.

3. Should the Manila CSD run recreation programs? If so, how should the programs be paid for?

The District offered many recreation opportunities in the past, including after school and summer programming with many fun activities for youth, such as swimming lessons, surf instruction, camping, sports, outdoor education. The District-operated family resource center offered computer labs, Teenship, and family services. I look forward to programming offered through Redwood Coast Montessori’s Plan of Action for recreation programming and resource center services. Programming could be funded through the RCM grants and other fundraising.

4. The Manila CSD has inter-departmental debt from when it had a recreation program. How should that debt be paid down and how would you prevent future deficits?

It should be noted that inter-departmental debt is shared by several departments, including community center, recreation, restoration and the highway safety committee. I am not convinced that recreation programs ran deficits. Grants work by reimbursements, which means generally that grant funds are expended and then reimbursed. I would like to see the detail regarding the reimbursements. Careful fiscal oversight and regular detailed financials of District income and expense for the board’s consideration are a requisite.

5. There’s a private, politically involved group on the Samoa Peninsula called Voices of the Peninsula. Are you a member of that group? What role should the group, and others like it, play in the governing of the Manila CSD?

Voices of the Peninsula was started by individuals from the Samoa Peninsula, who care about community members’ voices being heard in matters that affect them, involving our neighborhoods, open spaces, how we get around, governing at the local level and arts and cultural activities that build community. As Spokesperson for our advocacy group, Voices, I am proud of our community cultural assessment, quarterly newsletters, input at local meetings, and look forward to future community projects.

6. What park improvements would you like to see in Manila and how should they be paid for?

A walk through our parklands suggests the need for maintenance and upgrades to signage, fencing, and structures. Special meetings to gather input from neighbors would help to solve problems inherent with parklands. A commission could advise the Board with concrete plans to address concerns and follow through. Let’s make our beautiful parks, located in the most incredible natural landscapes, accessible, safe, and welcoming. Funding streams for improvements could include fundraising, grants, fees/rentals, and/or property taxes.

7. Are there additional powers that the Manila board should take on? What additional services, if any, would you like the district to provide?

Besides water, sewer, and recreation, the District has powers of drainage and lighting through LAFCO. The District has provided needed drainage improvements in the past and presently provides some community lighting near its facilities. I would support improvements that would benefit the community and that were needed and funded as well as approved by the board.

8. What is your position on removal of non-native plant species on the Manila Dunes?

The District’s mission includes protection of natural resources. The District adopted the Manila Dunes Access Plan as well as a Restoration Management Plan. I believe in diversity and support diversity of native plants in our landscapes. Many issues have arisen since acquisition of our parklands. Presently the Board is waiting for a definitive report from the Dunes Cooperative, a group including MCSD, BLM and Fish & Wildlife, regarding land management for biodiversity of the dunes.

9. How should board members respond when people disagree with them?

I think that Board members should listen, acknowledge, and consider public input before voting on matters that affect us. I will provide a moderate voice, respect, and open-minded consideration of matters that come before the Board. Board members in turn should come to meetings well informed.

10. What’s the best of your qualities that you can bring to the board? What’s the worst?

I have a lot of history in Manila and love this community and its people. I have attended board meetings since discussions focused on implementing sewer, operating Manila Park, acquiring our dunes and community center. While living in Manila, I attended HSU and earned my teaching credential and Masters in Environmental Education focusing on Manila programming. I care for our community and will put people’s priorities before my own. My worst is being perennially optimistic.

10. What will you do if elected?

I will represent our community to the best of my knowledge and abilities. I will focus on sound fiscal management for all departments. I will endeavor to update District policies. I feel the future of the District’s welfare is preventive maintenance, so that our systems do not fail. Lastly, I think it is imperative that the board functions as a team in order to accomplish its goals and I will act accordingly.

11. Is there any additional information, ideas or opinions that you would like to share?

I will help to unite and build community through vital projects - tsunami preparedness, walking paths, and preservation of Manila’s rich history of musicians and artists through film and script. I will network with local agencies to bring before the board consideration of innovative, environmentally friendly projects for water and energy conservation, such as rain water gutter collection systems and solar conversions, in order to save ratepayers from pumping wastewater uphill.


Susan Opalach

1. Who are you? Give us a mini-bio.

Susan OpalachSUSAN OPALACH. I have enjoyed living in Manila for ten years, raising my family and tending my organic garden. I have served on Manila CSD Commissions and Committees, with Teenship and Recreation and continue to volunteer for local events and services. I am a 4-H Leader with the Coastal Grove Charter School and conduct 4-H Petting Zoo opportunities county wide. I work at Peninsula Union Elementary School. I am an active volunteer with Voices of the Peninsula.

2. A hot-button issue for Manila has been the management of the Manila Family Resource Center. Where do you stand on this issue?

The Board voted unanimously to transfer management of the resource center to Redwood Coast Montessori contingent on an acceptable agreement for the transfer. I feel the Board approved an agreement that did not include language to provide adequate outreach or a Plan of Action that would provide meaningful services for our peninsula communities. I would like the charter school to offer services and total commitment to our communities.

3. Should the Manila CSD run recreation programs? If so, how should the programs be paid for?

In the past Manila CSD offered free after school and summer programs. Activities for children and teens included swimming lessons, camping trips, rafting, arts, crafts, homework help, and computer lab. Redwood Community Montessori offered to provide after school and summer programming for the local communities in their sample Plan of Action to the Board of Directors. I look forward to RCM providing services now that they are a single tenant at the community center.

4. The Manila CSD has inter-departmental debt from when it had a recreation program. How should that debt be paid down and how would you prevent future deficits?

The inter-departmental debt includes debt from several departments and committees, including Community Center, Recreation, Restoration, and the Highway Safety Committee. I believe there is an inter-departmental debt policy and two loan resolutions adopted by the board. Presently the board has agreed to pay a yearly sum to pay off inter-departmental debt. The Board can prevent future deficits with careful oversight of the District’s financials and making sound policy and financial decisions.

5. There’s a private, politically involved group on the Samoa Peninsula called Voices of the Peninsula. Are you a member of that group? What role should the group, and others like it, play in the governing of the Manila CSD?

Voices of the Peninsula, a group of individuals from the Samoa Peninsula, who care about having community members’ voices be heard in matters that affect them, is similar to groups such as Friends of the Dunes and League of Women who advocate to local agencies, such as Manila CSD and Samoa Peninsula Fire District, regarding policy and activities peninsula wide. I am a proud member of Voices, helping the community cultural assessment and community newsletters.

6. What park improvements would you like to see in Manila and how should they be paid for?

There have been many neighborhood concerns about the park campground. If elected I would be willing to take part in a committee that engages the neighbors of Manila Park, possibly a door-to-door survey and/or a special meeting that makes the extra effort to specifically invite neighbors of the park to voice their concerns and give their suggestions as to how to address these concerns. Costs could come from fees, fundraising, grant writing, and/or property taxes.

7. Are there additional powers that the Manila board should take on? What additional services, if any, would you like the district to provide?

The District has powers for water, sewer, recreation (parks and recreation-related programs), drainage, and lighting. The District has provided limited drainage solutions in the past and pays for lighting in and around District properties. I support future projects related to these powers as needed and approved by the board.

8. What is your position on removal of non-native plant species on the Manila Dunes?

I support diversity of the native plants of the peninsula sand dunes. Non-native plant species such as European Beach Grass smother the native plants. Presently our larger agencies, such as Fish and Wildlife and Bureau of Land Management are working together with local involved groups and agencies through the Dunes Cooperative, to develop a report for Manila CSD Board regarding peninsula-wide restoration. I support responsible cooperative management.

9. How should board members respond when people disagree with them?

Board members should listen, respect opinions, thank them for their input, and make decisions based on all public input and what is best for the community. I will act with the best interest of our District, maintaining sound fiscal policy. I believe that Board members should come to meetings well-informed and without preconceived outcomes.

10. What’s the best of your qualities that you can bring to the board? What’s the worst?

I am motivated to be of service in cultivating an inclusive democratic Manila CSD Board of Directors that recognizes its community. I care about creating opportunities for public input on matters that affect them. I hope to improve life in our Manila Community through special events, and promoting green activities.

I will be efficient conducting MCSD monthly meetings. I have experience making things work - financially and socially - maintaining sound fiscal policy.

11. What will you do if elected?

I will work as team player, being part of a respectful, thoughtful, caring Board. I will provide careful deliberation for all matters coming before the Board. I support sound financial management of the District. I will support efforts towards fundraising with my experience and knowledge of special events. I support a District that moves forward into the future with green activities. I will support establishing a commission, that reports to the Board, on local issues.

12. Is there any additional information, ideas or opinions that you would like to share?

Last December, a Board Ad Hoc Committee, suggested turning over management of Manila Park to Friends of the Dunes. I believe the Manila CSD is capable of managing its assets. For years the Manila community had a Park and Recreation Commission that advised the Board on its assets and fundraised for community improvements. At the visioning, the community voted strongly in favor of reestablishing a commission. I believe the Board should reestablish its commission.

 

 

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  1. Dan said:

    Dan O’leary was the only one who had an honest (knowledgable) answer
    to question #8, the removal of vegetation.

    He says; “Improbable effort. Good luck. Sand blowing almost equal to ATV use.”

    Our Contractor and Manager have allowed these works to be so subverted that
    they are telling us that “erosion” is an aim, flaming mendacity. Our “constructed” fore dune that took fifty years to grow, produced our wetlands is now cleaved and blown-out.
    When we lose the fore dune we lose our deflation-plane wetlands, we lose our wildlife habitat and we lose our stability.
    Friends of the Dunes are strait-up frauds, taking our “wetland enhancement” monies, triggering erosion and draining the wetlands we paid them to enhance.

    Our Manager thinks its his job to run flack for our Contractor, together they’ve illegally destabilized a shoreline, destroying habitat, draining wetlands AND getting paid for it, while Bramlette
    and the rest behave as cheer leaders..

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